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Old 3rd February 2010, 09:53   #136
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Guys the Borivli forest should offer some great trails. Has anyone explored it? Besides its so close to Bombay
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Guys the Borivli forest should offer some great trails. Has anyone explored it? Besides its so close to Bombay
Yep it does have a few good trails. I had done it 12 years ago in my gypsy. Even the Yeoor Hills around Thane have a few good unexplored areas.

However, it is very difficult to get permission due to a lot of illegal things happening there like poaching, raves, illicit liquor manufacturing, rapes, etc. The forest department has really clamped down.

If someone can get permission, then nothing like it.

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Here's one link for Yeoor Hills:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...s-thane-2.html (Suggested Offroading / Recce at Yeoor Hills - Thane)

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Guys the Borivli forest should offer some great trails. Has anyone explored it? Besides its so close to Bombay
That's right or maybe somewhere near Neral or Karjat?
That would be closer to the Pune guys too,should they want to join.

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wow thats like hop skip and jump from where i stay . ill ask around if its possible to get in there but i dont think they will allow more than 5 to 6 vehicles.
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Knock knock.. Any plans for this sunday?
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Knock knock.. Any plans for this sunday?
Wana do a trip to the national park to ask around ill check with prashant too. we can go there to snoop around try to make contacts.
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Just got a confirmation from prashant hes game .
Just spoke to a friend of mine who says that there is a 4x4 trail which can be explored and there is this guy who knows the trail and the locals in the park to bail us out of trouble only thing he says is we have to enter the park by 7:00
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All the best David.
Would love to come to the Park with my Gurkha.
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All the best David.
Would love to come to the Park with my Gurkha.
we would love to have you there .
Hopefully we can find some good trails. it will be a good place for me to test out my jeep once its done
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Dear All,
I had been to the Phansad Forest and wild life sanctuary this Saturday.
It is 25 km from Alibag.
The landmark is Birla Temple , from which it is 12 km ahead.
It is a 50 sq Km area and needs atleast 2 days for exploration.
The officials are very cooperative and extremely knowledgeable regarding everything to do with forests and wild life.

Vehicles are permitted only upto a limit ,however with advanced permission ,we can take a forest guard with us who can guide us through the entire forest.

No new trails are allowed.

LIVING IN THE FOREST

1) TENTS: about 5 tents are available ,each tent can accomodate 15 people.(Price Rs 500 /day),no mattresses or other frills provided.
Personal tents deep in the forest is allowed ,with permission, and only if there is a group of a minimum 4.
2) GUESTHOUSE: Can accomodate atleast 10 people and needs advanced booking. (Rs 850/Day)
3) FOOD: Regular vegetarian food is available ,breakfast,lunch and dinner at a composite package of Rs150 per person. As per Government rules you are not allowed to consume Non-vegetarian food in the Forest Campus.

WHAT'S IN THE FOREST:-
This forest is still unadulterated by poachers,illicit traders ,casual romantic freaks and "rave" enthusiasts.
The forest has many species of birds including the endangered white necked vultures.It has a family of leopards and is known for giant squirrels. Deers,boars,hyenas ,monkeys etc also are plentiful.
The forest has at least 10 watering holes , 3 Watch towers at Strategic positions and an observation kiosk just adjacent to a watering hole where you could see a leopard right in front of you.
Overall it is a haven for Bird enthusiasts and biologists.

WHAT ABOUT OFF-ROADING?

You can't reach the heart of the forest without a 4WD vehicle,but as such this trail is not a OTR standard trail,meaning this trail dosent need any skill to negotiate.
Although at some places there are very many deep descends and climbs,callousness could mean disaster.
Yes there are good Off-roading trails in the viccinity (just outside the forest campus).
This forest would be very mean during the rainy seasons ,with lot of running streams and with slush. However leeches abound in the rainy season and so do ticks.

OVERALL CONCLUSION
1)Wonderful site to relax,trek,drive in the forest and do some off-roading in the vicinity.
2) The forest is extremely safe and no event of animal attacking humans is known till date( or for that matter humans attacking humans is known)
3) The living arrangement is excellent (as per forest standards..no 5 star amenities).
4) The sea is close by and the relatively clean Kashid beach which stretches for 5 kms is nearby the forest campus( 5km if you have a 4WD and 10 km otherwise)
5) This trip need at least 2 days and can't be covered in a hurry.

If any one wants any further details please PM me.

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Forest looks great - and the tents look very decent, to sleep in.
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Thats a great find.. perfect to spend a calm wkend chillin in nature..lets do it soon.

Not sure if they would let us in during the monsoon. Most of such places are closed in the monsoon.

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Lovely find Dr Mohan love to go there, In the rains its really going to be great with more greenery around and the streams flowing.
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Phansad is a protected forest and critical to leopard population in the area. I dont think you would get permission for an OTR kind of activity.

Even if you would, I dont recommend OTR groups going into sanctuaries. Lets keep wildlife sanctuaries sacrosanct.
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Phansad is a protected forest and critical to leopard population in the area. I dont think you would get permission for an OTR kind of activity.

Even if you would, I dont recommend OTR groups going into sanctuaries. Lets keep wildlife sanctuaries sacrosanct.
As I have mentioned there is no trail which is OTRable ,although there are many trails nearby ,outside forest area.
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